Connecting to the University Web Server

The information on this webpage applies to For information on accessing the server, please visit the Web Support and Training site.

There are two ways to connect to to upload and edit webpages; one is by using an FTP client and second by mapping a website as a network drive. Both methods require you to have the following:

  1. An active MyCalStateLA ID account.
  2. The destination path for the web directory hosting your site.
  3. Write permissions to upload and save files to the destination web directory on the server. Users who get a "permission denied" error while attempting to upload or edit files do not have adequate permissions to the destination directory and should contact the Web Administrator.

If you submitted a request for a web space, but don't know the destination path, contact the Web Administrator with the website's web address (URL), website name, your name and title (i.e. student, faculty, dean, chair, etc.). Learn more about requesting a web space.

Mapping a Web Directory

Mapping allows users to access a website on the web server as if it were one of the drives on their computer (i.e., G:\ drive). This gives users the ability to view, organize, and manipulate the contents of their web directory as if it were content in a regular folder on their computer. Faculty and staff that have an on-campus computer connected to the academic network, or connect to the campus network from home via VPN, have this option. Otherwise users will need to use an FTP client to transfer files to and from the web server in order to add content or make edits. Please select your platform, PC or MAC, for instructions on how to map a web directory.


The most common method for transferring files to the web server is to use an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client. To transfer files using this method, you must have a FTP client installed on your computer that supports secure file transfers (SFTP) and you must log in with your AD username and password. WS_FTP, SSH Secure FTP, and Fetch are FTP clients that have been included in the Desktop Services Software.

The following may vary slightly according to the particular FTP client being used, but these steps should apply for most FTP clients when connecting to the University web server (

  1. Launch the FTP application.
  2. Check the application options or settings and make sure secure file transfers (SFTP) is enabled.
  3. Click Connect or New Connection to begin the connection process (will vary by FTP client).
  4. Type in "" for the host name (without the quotes).
  5. Type your AD username and password into their appropriate fields.
  6. Make sure that the Transfer Protocol is set to Auto-detect or Binary.
  7. Port number should be set to 22.
  8. Connect to the server by clicking on the OK, Connect, or Run button (will vary by FTP client).
  9. Once you are logged onto the server, most FTP interfaces will show two panels, one panel that displays the directory structure of the remote server (the web server) and another panel that displays the directory structure of your local hard drive (i.e., C:\ drive). Change the remote directory to your website's web directory path (i.e., /a/www/faculty/userid).
  10. Using the panel that shows your local hard drive, browse and locate the files that you would like to upload to the server.
  11. Once you have selected the files on your local drive, transfer the files to the remote directory by dragging and dropping those files from the local panel to the remote panel, or by clicking on the Upload or Copy button (again, method will vary by FTP client). If you are downloading files from the web server, drag and drop files from the remote panel to the local panel or select files on the remote panel and click the download button.
  12. Remember to disconnect once you have finished transferring your files.

How Directory Paths Relate to a Website's URL

When you are provided with the path to a web directory by the web administrator, the path will look similar to the following:

/a/www/ is the web directory root that corresponds to the URL: Thus, the path in the example above would correspond to the following URL:

If you place 3 HTML pages with the names of index.htm, first.htm, and second.htm in the /a/www/faculty/jdoe directory, you can reference them through a web browser by using the following URL's respectively:

Please note that although the first URL example above does not explicitly reference the filename index.htm, anyone who types in that URL will get the correct webpage ( is due to the fact that whenever a user calls a URL that terminates with a directory name, the server automatically displays an index.htm or default.htm if the file exists in the directory. If no index.htm or default.htm file exists, the server will list the contents of the directory.